Chocolate Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built, medium-sized, short-coupled, dog possessing a sound, athletic, well-balanced conformation that enables it to function as a retrieving gun dog; the substance and soundness to hunt waterfowl or upland game for long hours under difficult conditions; the character and quality to win in the show ring; and the temperament to be a family companion. Physical features and mental characteristics should denote a dog bred to perform as an efficient Retriever of game with a stable temperament suitable for a variety of pursuits beyond the hunting environment.
The most distinguishing characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat; an "otter" tail; a clean-cut head with broad back skull and moderate stop; powerful jaws; and its "kind," friendly eyes, expressing character, intelligence and good temperament.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia, eye disease, and exercise induced collapse. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Labrador Retrievers are healthy dogs. Veterinarian care is an important part of your responsibility in providing for your Labrador. You should have already selected a veterinarian and had your new puppy examined, and an immunization schedule set up. After the initial immunizations, protection against regional health threats and early detection of debilitating disease.
It is important to establish a relationship with a regular veterinarian in your area, so he or she can be contacted if an emergency arises. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Labrador Retriever can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.
Labs are very friendly dogs—perhaps the friendliest of the pack. They are easy to get along with, and socialize well with other dogs and humans alike. Still, don’t confuse his laid-back personality for low energy. The Labrador Retriever is extremely active—he’s never met a backyard he didn’t like. Since Labs enjoy playing and swimming outside, owners frequently channel their high energy on hunting and fishing outings.